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From high-powered EVs to a mid-engine Corvette

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U.S. prosecutor says UAW still isn't fully cooperating with investigation

But tips of possible union wrongdoing are coming in from the public

The U.S. Attorney leading the investigation of corruption within the United Auto Workers (UAW) told Reuters on Friday the union's leadership still is not fully cooperating with the government, but that individuals are giving federal investigators tips that could expand the probe. "The deadline is now" for UAW leadership to be more open with investigators looking into corruption within the union, Matthew Schneider, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan said in an interview. Schneid

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Fiat Chrysler's UAW members ratify new four-year contract

And now on to the PSA merger

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union said on Wednesday that rank-and-file members at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have voted in favor of a new four-year labor contract with the automaker, helping the Italian-American firm avoid a strike as it works to merge with France's Groupe PSA . Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen, in October announced a planned $50 billion merger to create the world's fourth-largest automaker. FCA's 47,200 rank-and-file UAW mem

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U.S., Canada, Mexico sign agreement — again — to replace NAFTA

But Senate won't take it up until after a Trump impeachment trial

MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States signed a fresh overhaul of a quarter-century-old trade pact on Tuesday that aims to improve enforcement of worker rights and hold down prices for biologic drugs by eliminating a patent provision. The signing ceremony in Mexico City launched what may be the final approval effort for U.S. President Donald Trump's three-year quest to revamp the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a deal he has

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United Auto Workers union names reformer Rory Gamble president until 2022

'We will deliver a clean union on solid footing'

Last month, Gary Jones resigned after 17 months in office as the union moved to remove him. Gamble has announced a number of reforms to clean up the union as he works to avoid a possible U.S. government takeover.

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Former UAW official pleads guilty to accepting kickbacks

He is also a former GM board member

Former United Auto Workers vice president Joseph Ashton pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit money laundering and wire fraud as part of a wide-ranging federal corruption probe into the union. Ashton, a former General Motors Co board member, was charged last month with conspiring with other union officials to receive "hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks" according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Ashton, when asked by the judge whether he

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Local UAW leaders recommend membership approve FCA contract

Higher profit-sharing and other details of the deal

Union leaders from Fiat Chrysler factories are sending a new four-year contract to a membership vote. The 47,000 members of the United Auto Workers union at the company will vote on the deal starting Friday. Local leaders assembled on Wednesday in Detroit to go over the pact, which includes a $9,000 bonus per worker upon ratification.

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UAW bolsters financial controls in the wake of embezzlement scandal

An attorney in Detroit said the union isn’t fully cooperating with an ongoing investigation

The United Auto Workers union has replaced its auditing firm, added four internal auditors and hired a big accounting firm to study its financial controls in an effort to prevent a repeat of the embezzlement and bribery discovered in a federal probe of the union. The moves announced Monday by Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry come after last month’s resignation of President Gary Jones, who has been implicated in the scandal. Several other union officials have been charged or implicated in the prob

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Government oversight of the UAW is possible following corruption probe

Acting UAW President Rory Gamble has promised to clean up the union to avoid a takeover

U.S. prosecutors are currently investigating former members of the union in connection with a corruption probe. A former UAW board member has been charged with conspiring with other union leaders to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars of rank-and-file members' dues. "Government oversight of the UAW is a possible solution to reforming the union," said Schneider, who is leading the probe.

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Fiat Chrysler and the UAW reach tentative labor deal

The agreement is subject to ratification by FCA's union members

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union on Saturday announced a tentative agreement for a four-year labor contract, a boost for the automaker as it works to merge with France's Groupe PSA. Italian-American Fiat Chrysler and PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen, last month announced a planned $50 billion merger to create the world's fourth-largest automaker. The tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler, which is subject to ratification by the union members, follows c

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How GM ended up suing its crosstown rival Fiat Chrysler

Questions and answers about this multi-billion-dollar case

Automakers sue each other on occasion, but no one in Detroit can remember one accusing another of bribing union officials to get an unfair labor cost advantage. The 95-page complaint could affect ongoing contract talks between the union and Fiat Chrysler, the lone automaker of Detroit’s big three that’s still in negotiations.

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UAW president Gary Jones resigns as union prepares to oust him

'This is a somber day'

The United Auto Workers (UAW) said on Wednesday it has filed charges under its bylaws against its president, accusing him of "false, misleading and inaccurate expense records" and saying those charges could lead to his removal from his elected office and expulsion from the union. The UAW said it had filed charges under Article 30 of its constitution against Gary Jones, who has been linked to an ongoing corruption probe by U.S. federal officials. Earlier this month the union said Jones was taki

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UAW turns its focus to Fiat Chrysler, which may resist more than Ford did

CEO Mike Manley cites 'different conditions'

The United Auto Workers union on Monday turned its bargaining focus to Fiat Chrysler, raising the possibility of another strike against a Detroit automaker. Ford workers ratified their contract Friday night, while the union settled with General Motors last month after a 40-day strike by 49,000 workers that shut down the company’s U.S. production. Ford, which has 55,000 UAW workers, mostly followed the pattern agreement set at GM.

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PSA unions vote in favor of merger with Fiat Chrysler

Merged company will employ more than 400,000 at hundreds of factories worldwide

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Ford workers vote to ratify new four-year UAW contract

56.3% of Ford's hourly workers voted to approve the deal

The United Auto Workers union said on Friday that rank-and-file members at Ford Motor Co have voted in favor of a new four-year labor contract with the No. 2 U.S. automaker. Talks with FCA are expected to begin on Monday, a UAW spokesman said. The union said 56.3% of Ford's hourly workers voted to approve the deal, which allowed the company to avoid a strike like the one that cost its larger rival General Motors Co about $3 billion (£2.3 billion).

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How the GM strike sent ripples across auto parts suppliers

Several companies lost hundreds of millions of dollars

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Acting UAW head to examine 'every inch' of union in scandal's wake

The current UAW president has become ensnared in a corruption probe

The acting head of the United Auto Workers (UAW) said on Wednesday that he will examine every department of the union in response to a spreading federal corruption probe that has damaged the union's standing during contract talks with Detroit's automakers. "We're going to be looking at every inch of this union to make sure we embrace tight controls," Rory Gamble told Reuters in an interview shortly after federal prosecutors issued new charges against a former top UAW official. Gamble said that

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C8 Corvette officially delayed until February 2020

2020 Chevy Corvette production pushed out due to GM strike

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Ford-UAW tentative contract reveals Transit EV and new product for Ohio plant

And more evidence the Lincoln Continental dies after one generation

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